Archive for March, 2008

10 Months

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

10 Months
Nate turned 10 months yesterday, and he’s learning lots of new stuff. In the last month he’s gotten really good at pulling himself up, but he hasn’t learned to sit yet. He’s figured out how to go up the stairs, and has managed 5 before getting tired. Yesterday, he learned to escape from the strap in the shopping cart. He also learned to snap his fingers, sort-of. here’s a little video I took today.

Some catch up.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Of course we were in Texas at the beginning of the month (pictures already posted). We’ve of course, been wrestling with the website, which at least seems to be working for the moment.
Last week we spotted what must be a rather disappointed group of bluebirds. K snapped this shot of one sitting in the snow on our deck railing.
Bluebird of spring?
K gave me Sabers tickets for Christmas, so we went to the game Friday night and watched a 7-1 stampede over the Hurricanes. Mom & Dad S met us in Buffalo and watched Nate for the night. We spent the rest of the weekend in PA and returned on Sunday. Nate says thanks for the new “flattener”.
My new toy!

Monday night I flew to Washington, DC, for a two day business trip. Unfortunately, I couldn’t fit the camera into the carry-ons so no pics. Washington is significantly ahead of Syracuse as far as spring time goes and the trees were starting to bud out. I returned late Wednesday night rather exhausted. Of course, since K had to take care of Nate by herself, she wasn’t exactly chipper either.

Of course Nate is growing and learning to move around in all sorts of new ways. He’s getting more interactive including playing peek-a-boo with a blanket (in the car he’ll play with the little boy in the mirror).
Peek a boo!

Or stealing cat food from Oreo and Shadow…
Mmmm... cat food.

Sometimes though, a nap feels good… until you wake up.
Why am I awake?

Gallery up! Stay tuned for more chaos.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

With a sweet find from the Gallery 2 forums, I’ve edited some configuration settings for the website. This has forced the Gallery software to use a more modern version of PHP than it was defaulting to. Without any obvious reason why, this has now corrected the server error.

We’ll keep an eye on it, but we’re up and running!

Website woes continue?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

We continue to battle to get our website back up and fully operational. Today we seem to have had a complete breakdown of the SQL database system. Of course, both of the applications we use (WordPress for the blog and Gallery2 for the photos) are dependent on SQL databases to operate. So that pretty much shuts down our website.

Strangely, I had managed to get in just a few minutes ago… but again all is lost.

Doing something better for the planet

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

A couple of months ago, I read a blog post about gDiapers, the disposable diaper you can flush or compost. I thought they were an excellent idea, so I looked into trying them out. I could order them online, but the closest store that actually carried them was in Ithaca. I didn’t really want to get into a situation where I had to drive an hour and a half, or pay outrageous shipping and handling to get diapers.

Fast forward to last week when I went grocery shopping. I walked thru the new expanded health food section at Wegmans, and what did I spot? gDiapers. I made an impulsive decision to buy the starter kit and try them out. So far I’m really liking the idea. Nate and I haven’t completely figured out the finer details yet (we’ve had a lot of leaks), but we’re getting better with them. The downside: a)Our toilet isn’t quite powerful enough to flush them. b)Wegmans seems to always be out of the M/L refills. Tomorrow I’ll try the other store that has recently started carrying them. If they have them and we can continue our experiment, I’ll have to set up a system for composting the wet ones.

I am excited about doing something better for the environment. I really hated throwing out all those disposable diapers.

Telephoto Take 2

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Remember the post about the Mother of All Telephoto lenses?

I was telling a colleague (hi Joe) at work about it. He has a colleague at Canon who is a sales rep (who will remain anonymous). Joe sent the rep the B&H photo link from my blog. According to the rep, they have one in the office, and there are only 3 of them in the world.

Small world, huh?


Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Since some of the features of the gallery are working, I was able to upload the pictures from our Texas trip.

Website issues 2

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

From what I’ve learned, we are apparently not the only ones to be suffering problems with the gallery software on our web-hosting company. Something that was changed in their server configuration seems to have broken the application.

What’s odd, is only the front page is completely failing to load. If you link directly into the lower level albums, the pages will load. At the moment many of the thumbnails are also broken, but that’s a separate issue.

So as a workaround, to get to Nathan’s pictures just go to the album directly with the following link:

from there you can navigate to other albums by using the pull-down menu on the lower part of the left column, or regular thumbnail navigation, just don’t click on the logo or the root album.

website issues

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Our hosting company upgraded our server yesterday, which means that we’ve been having some issues since then. Mostly with the gallery. We’re working with them to resolve the issues, and hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

Texas trip

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I was going to make a blog post with pictures about our trip to TX last week, but our gallery seems to be nonexistent so I can’t upload the pictures. We’ll try and get it fixed soon.

Our trip was ok overall, but way too short. We had planned on it being a short trip, but between the weather delays and the stomach flu I developed just before take-off, we ended up getting there about 18 hrs after we were planning on.

We spent what was left of Saturday afternoon visiting with Chris’s aunt, uncle and cousin before taking Chris’s grandmother out for dinner. She was so happy to be able to meet Nate. Sunday we spent some more time visiting with G-Ma. She loved being able to introduce Nate to everyone at the nursing home. In the evening we hung out with Jonny playing with the Wii and Guitar Hero on the Xbox. Monday we stopped in for another quick visit with G-Ma before heading back to the airport. We ended up having a delay on the way home, but that turned out ok because it meant we didn’t have to wait as long in Chicago.